Apr 25, 2017

There are four weeks left to apply for the European Microfinance Award 2017 on Microfinance for Housing. The European Microfinance Award is a prestigious €100,000 award which attracts applications from financial institutions around the world that are innovating in a particular area of financial inclusion. Presented annually, it serves two parallel goals: rewarding excellence, and collecting and disseminating the most relevant practices for replication by others.

Apr 21, 2017

In India, energy access is a huge challenge; 80 million households have little or no access to grid electricity due to the lack of grid access in certain geographies. Providing quality, safe and reliable alternatives to kerosene and other traditional fuels means addressing two main challenges: distribution and affordability

Apr 19, 2017

The Burgundy School of Business will organize the 8th edition of its annual conference “Institutional and Technological Environments of Microfinance” (ITEM) on "financial inclusion" in Dijon, France on 7th and 8th December 2017

Apr 12, 2017

The Global Symposium on Microfinance will be held May 22-23, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Apr 10, 2017

Our Spring 2017 Newsletter is now out with: Launch of the European Microfinance Award 2017 Microfinance for Housing - details of how to apply for the €100,000 prize

Apr 10, 2017

Drawing on BlueOrchard’s expertise, "Small Money, Big Impact" explains how microfinance works and why. It illustrates through the experience of individuals, facts and figures the worldwide impact of microfinance

Apr 10, 2017

Over the past two decades, Luxembourg has actively supported the development of microfinance and inclusive finance as tools for fostering development and eradicating poverty

Apr 05, 2017

Oikocredit is looking for a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) to join the team in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, to enable risk-informed strategic decision making

Mar 30, 2017

We're delighted to announce the release of the latest European Dialogue entitled Investing in Tomorrow, presenting the outcomes of the European Microfinance Award 2016, on Microfinance and Access to Education

Mar 29, 2017

ADA is pleased to invite you to submit research paper for the conference Research Meets Africa that will take place on 9th of October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mar 29, 2017

LMDF is looking for an Assistant Investment Manager, who can take responsibility for many of the investment and control processes in the microfinance and other Sub-Funds

Mar 27, 2017

The School of Business and Law at the University of Agder in Norway invites applications for up to seven full-time fixed-term appointments as PhD Research Fellows in International Management, including issues in Microfinance

Mar 21, 2017

The conference is being organised by the University of Portsmouth, UK in cooperation with e-MFP and the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) with an overall theme of “Microfinance and Financial Inclusion”

Mar 16, 2017

Join the webinar series on Risk Management for Financial Inclusion hosted by Microfinance Gateway and Risk Management Initiative in Microfinance (RIM) to discuss effective strategies and share practical tools

Mar 15, 2017

InFiNe.lu, in co-operation with VBDO (The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development) organises a masterclass on investing and climate change to share insights and best-practices and discuss the next steps institutional investors can take on this topic

Mar 14, 2017

We're delighted to announce our Off-site Sessions, a new activity developed under our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 that provides e-MFP with opportunities for more frequent touchpoints with its members and external stakeholders besides the European Microfinance Week.

Mar 10, 2017

Twice a year BlueOrchard organises thematic breakfast meetings in Zurich and Geneva. The next two events will take place on March 29th 2017 in Zurich and March 30th 2017 in Geneva

Mar 03, 2017

Registration is open for the 20th anniversary MFC Annual Conference “Horizon 2037: Fair Finance for All” which takes place 24-26 May 2017, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mar 02, 2017

Missed EMW 2016? Now you can catch up with our conference report which gives extensive coverage of all the sessions

Mar 02, 2017

I could not have been happier when I heard that this year the European Microfinance Platform is focusing on housing microfinance. As a microfinance specialist for the last 21 years—and the last 9 exclusively dedicated to microfinance products for housing—I have witnessed the growth potential of this sub-sector of microfinance, as well as the constraints and limitations to the expansion of housing finance portfolios, amongst which the most important include lack of adequate capital and insufficient knowledge on how to develop differentiated housing finance products. When we hear that: at least 1.6 billion of the global population lives in substandard housing; at least half of the global population—3.5 billion people—currently lives in cities; and 828 million people live in slums (according to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals), both funders and financial institutions alike should take note and pay close attention.

Mar 01, 2017

Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIMBV) is the subsidiary of Stichting Cordaid that manages all investments. CIMBV is an Alternative Investment Fund Manager registered at the Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). We combine the unique ability to finance partners with grants, equity and debt instruments in selected countries across three continents. We have EUR 80 million of assets under management, predominantly investments in microfinance institutions (MFI's), small and medium enterprises (SME's) and funds with a social mission. Over 70 investees are being served worldwide

Feb 24, 2017

Climate Finance and the Social Development Goals will be the focus of this year's annual Impact Investing Conference organized by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) in collaboration with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency LuxFLAG

Feb 15, 2017

ESELA, an international network of law firms, legal experts, academics and others specialising in the law as it relates to social enterprise holds its annual conference on the theme of 'Teaming Up in the Middle: How Business and Not for Profits Jointly Create Social Impact', 28th April in Brussels

Feb 14, 2017

Save the Date for LMDF's event on 8th March 2017, Luxembourg

Feb 13, 2017

A recent report from the Asian Development Bank, Oliver Wyman and Microsave looks at the role that digital finance can play in accelerating financial inclusion, focusing on four Southeast Asian markets – Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar

Feb 07, 2017

'Commercialization of social enterprises: Stemming the tide of mission drift'. Find out how to avoid mission drift when transitioning a social enterprise or microfinance venture into a for-profit organisation

Feb 06, 2017

Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced at their regional meeting that they have formally adopted a set of jointly developed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. These principles apply across the nine members’ loan portfolios, which in 2015 encompassed $597 million to 672 businesses purchasing crops and providing services to two million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Feb 03, 2017

Financial Inclusion. Housing. How often have you seen the two concepts appear together? If you think rarely – you’re not alone. Housing finance is that mysterious niche that crops up from time to time, but rarely makes headlines in our sector. And that’s both a conundrum and a shame.

Feb 02, 2017

Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIM B.V.) is the subsidiary of Cordaid that manages all investments. CIM B.V. combines the unique ability to finance partners with grants, equity and debt instruments in selected countries across three continents. CIM B.V. has EUR 80 million of assets under management, predominantly investments in microfinance institutions (MFI's) and small and medium enterprise (SME) funds with a social mission and serves over 100 investees worldwide. CIM B.V. is looking for a Compliance Officer (32-36 hours per week)

Feb 01, 2017

Initial Public Offerings in microfinance tend to inspire heated opinions: Does investment boost the industry's growth, or compromise its social focus? NextBillion discussed the topic in a Twitter chat on January 30, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

This new brochure presents the background on the Award, outlines the selection process, the Award ceremony and showcases the Award winner (Kashf Foundation, Pakistan) and the two finalists (Fundación Génesis Empresarial, Guatemala and Opportunity Bank Uganda Limited)

Jan 26, 2017

Listen to the NextBillion podcast and on Monday, Jan. 30, these topics will be discussed in more depth in NextBillion’s first Twitter chat, featuring Kanze, Rozas and Microfinance Transparency founder Chuck Waterfield – join us at 10:00 AM EST at #MFICHAT

Jan 24, 2017

Don't miss Daniel Rozas in NextBillion's inaugural Twitter chat, which will take place at 10:00 AM EST on Jan. 30. You can follow the conversation at #MFICHAT.

Jan 24, 2017

The objective of this assignment is to provide a better understanding of key challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs, notably in accessing adequate finance to grow their businesses, in the following countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

Jan 18, 2017

Take 25.000€ crowdfunded, 150 selected micro entrepreneurs, a Renault 4L car and 2 dreamers. Mix it all and discover an around the world trip supporting micro and small businesses through microcredit! Come and meet the team on 1st March in Luxembourg

Jan 17, 2017

The European Microfinance Programme (EMP) recruitment campaign for academic year 2017-2018 has started. Launched in 2005, the EMP is co-organized by three universities: Université libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons and Université Paris-Dauphine and five NGO partners: ADA, BRS, CERISE, Positive Planet and SOS Faim. Courses are held in Brussels, on the premises of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

Jan 16, 2017

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter for highlights of European Microfinance Week (EMW); an interview with Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation, winner of the 2016 European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education

Jan 13, 2017

NextBillion took the opportunity of European Microfinance Week to talk with Graham Wright, MicroSave about fintech - How can microfinance institutions go about leveraging fintech in their products and practices?

Jan 12, 2017

Microfinance, a lead sector within the larger impact investing spectrum, has gained prominence from development-minded investors over the past decades. Initially, international funding into microfinance was generated largely from donor organizations, including public development agencies and private foundations. As the market gained traction, the role of private capital grew in importance as not only a means for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to reach scale, but also to increase their social outreach beyond what was possible with donor money.

Jan 11, 2017

VisionFund International is hosting an online discussion on 8th February about why the microfinance industry needs to fundamentally alter the way it thinks about insurance

Jan 11, 2017

Following last year's extremely successful event, e-MFP is pleased to announce that European Microfinance Week will take place 29th November - 1st December 2017, in Luxembourg.

Jan 09, 2017

Key issues and policy suggestions for promoting financial inclusion are discussed in this new policy brief from ADB

Dec 22, 2016

Financial Inclusion Forum UK is excited to invite you to what promises to be a stirring and thought provoking evening “Digital Financial Services: Are we realising their full potential?” featuring Graham Wright, Founder of MicroSave and Anant Nautiyal of GSMA hosted by Citi on 19th January in London.

Dec 22, 2016

The 'Guidelines on Outcomes Management for Investors' from e-MFP's Social Performance Outcomes Action Group is one of the top 2016 publications featured in the Microfinance Gateway's 'Year in Review: Top Ten Publications of 2016'.

Dec 20, 2016

The ADA Chair is launching the first edition of its Certificate in Law and Regulation of Inclusive Finance from 16th of 27th january 2017. This two weeks of executive training aims to deepen the students’ specific knowledge and skills in the field of inclusive finance law and regulation, with a focus on developing countries ensuring awareness of the topic of law and regulation in the inclusive finance scene for regulators, intermediaries and other inclusive finance organisations

Dec 15, 2016

The European Microfinance Research Conference is one of the primary meeting places for academic researchers working on microfinance. Since the first conference in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009, and its successors in Groningen, Netherlands (2011), Kristiansand, Norway (2013), and Geneva, Switzerland (2015), the conference has been a unique platform for academics to exchange ideas, build and consolidate networks, give visibility to their projects and to identify gaps and different paths for new research

Dec 15, 2016

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management offers different programmes on Development Finance, which will help you to systematically and successfully develop your qualifications and to build your career while recognizing the social function of education

Dec 14, 2016

Join VisionFund International's next private dinner 'Empowering today's women for the women of tomorrow' with VisionFund International's Social Performance Director, Johanna Ryan, on 31st January in London.

Dec 14, 2016

Together with the the Netherlands Space Office and the Rabobank Foundation, NpM is organising its annual conference on the theme of Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

Dec 13, 2016

The market size of investments in the microfinance sector by specialized financing vehicles has increased over five-fold in the last decade. This is one of the many high-level findings coming out of the recently released white paper co-written by Symbiotics and CGAP about the 10-year landscape of microfinance off-shore investments.

Dec 09, 2016

New publication - “How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly—Lessons From Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions”

Dec 09, 2016

SOS Faim's mission is to see a world without hunger, that is fairer, more caring and respectful of the environment, where all peoples can live in dignity, with their basic needs provided for.

Dec 09, 2016

Microfinance Gateway inteviews Kashf Foundation winner of the European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education

Dec 06, 2016

Over 450 participants from 58 countries gathered at EMW 2016 - see why in our photo galleries

Dec 04, 2016

Islamic microfinance: A solution to expand financial inclusion? 13th December

Dec 02, 2016

Microfinance conferences have offered a unique experience in recent years. In the world outside the events, the industry has been wracked by extraordinary upheaval. It has lurched from development sector darling to punching bag, as client over-indebtedness grabbed headlines, research cast doubt upon its anti-poverty impact, and skeptics gleefully used these events to call the entire industry into question.

Nov 29, 2016

European Microfinance Week is the highlight of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) calendar and a major annual event of the microfinance industry, hosting high-level discussions by all sectors of the European microfinance community working in developing countries.The conference each year welcomes among the 400 participants much of the Platform’s membership, now over 120 organisations and individuals. This year’s conference was particularly special, being the tenth anniversary of e-MFP, and a perfect opportunity to reflect on how much has changed in the past decade, and how much there is to expect in the decade ahead.The conference, held over 16th-18th November provided focus to six main streams: green microfinance; investors, donors and funders; rural finance; social performance; and digital innovations and the 2016 European Microfinance Award topic of Access to Education.

Nov 28, 2016

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to support the 8th European Microfinance Award

Nov 25, 2016

MicroCapital reports on the lively debate at the EMW 2016 Closing Plenary, 'Digital finance: Full inclusion or empty promise'

Nov 24, 2016

Development Finance reports on the EMW 2016 session ‘Myanmar, the new Golden Land for microfinance?’

Nov 24, 2016

MicroCapital reports from the EMW 2016 session 'Investing in green inclusive finance: Challenges, opportunities, strategies, the way forward'

Nov 23, 2016

Thanks to our media partners for their excellent coverage of European Microfinance Week (#emw2016)

Nov 23, 2016

MicroCapital reports from the EMW 2016 session 'Myanmar, the new Golden Land for microfinance'

Nov 22, 2016

e-MFP marked its 10th anniversary during EMW which offered a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements so far, and look ahead as well.

Nov 21, 2016

EMW 2016 concluded Friday in Luxembourg, after having brought together over 470 opinion-leaders, top management of banks, funds and other financial institutions, practitioners, academics, analysts, raters and industry commentators to present key innovations, challenges and the work conducted in the previous year by e-MFP’s several dedicated Action Groups

Nov 18, 2016

Thursday, 17th November saw the long-awaited ceremony for the 7th European Microfinance Award which was won by Kashf Foundation of Pakistan

Nov 18, 2016

Islamic microfinance: A solution to expand financial inclusion?

Nov 18, 2016

See NextBilion's live streaming of the #emw2016 Closing Plenary, Digital Finance: Full inclusion or empty promise?

Nov 11, 2016

In advance of European Microfinance Week 16-18 November, Microfinance Gateway talked with Philippe Bruel, PhB Development, moderator of the session 'Data driven microfinance: small bits, big data

Nov 09, 2016

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week, 16 - 18 November, our media partner Responsible Investor posed some questions to Triple Jump

Nov 08, 2016

As part of it's series looking at what's in store at European Microfinance Week, 16-18 November, our media partner MicroCapital talked with Lucia Spaggiari of Microfinanza Rating & Amelia Greenberg of the Social Performance Task Force from e-MFP’s Social Performance Outcomes Action Group

Nov 07, 2016

e-MFP is delighted to announce a new publication, European Dialogue No.10: Guidelines On Outcomes Management For Investors. The Guidelines are the result of the work carried out by the e-MFP Social Performance Outcomes Action Group

Nov 04, 2016

'Digital finance: full inclusion or empty promise?' - one of the great sessions at European Microfinance Week 16-18 Nov. See Graham Wright's interview on Microfinance Gateway:

Nov 02, 2016

In the run up to European Microfinance Week, our media partners have been talking to panellists to see what's in store

Oct 27, 2016

CERMi a multilingual, international research centre based in Belgium, is offering a full time one-year research fellowship on microfinance and SME banking, at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), ULB

Oct 26, 2016

The 2017 SPTF Social Investor Working Group Meeting will take place March 15 & 16 at the University of Zurich, Zurich, hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Capacity Building Facility (SCBF), and the University of Zürich’s Centre for Microfinance

Oct 25, 2016

Our e-MFP Action Groups are gearing up for European Microfinance Week (EMW) where they'll gather for their annual meetings on 16th November and also share their latest findings in panels they've organised on 17th & 18th November. In anticipation of EMW the Microfinance & Environment Action Group and the Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment Action Group have released the following publications:

Oct 24, 2016

Led by speakers including Laurie Lee (CEO, CARE International UK) and Josefine Lindänge Gutman (CEO, Hand in Hand International), the conference will explore evidence-based solutions to overcoming the lack of access to capital and training faced by women entrepreneurs in the developing world

Oct 21, 2016

This week marks Financial Inclusion Week. In support of this effort to highlight what Financial Inclusion means for the Platform, e-MFP would like to highlight the work being done in Cambodia by its members and partners, including ADA, BIO, FMO, Incofin, and Proparco, as well as by the MIMOSA Project.

Oct 18, 2016

What does financial inclusion mean for your organisation and what role does your organisation play as a financial inclusion agent?

Oct 13, 2016

CoopEst celebrates its10th anniversary on the 2nd European Microfinance Day in Brussels on October 20th from 6pm to 8pm at Hotel Sofitel Europe.

Oct 11, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2016 Newsletter for an update on the 7th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education and the 3 Finalists chosen

Oct 11, 2016

As part of Financial Inclusion Week 2016, on Wednesday 19 October VisionFund International is hosting a webinar about providing Mobile Money to rural microfinance clients.

Oct 10, 2016

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an agreement with Citi to expand local currency lending to the microfinance sector under the Microfinance Risk Participation and Guarantee Program. Under the agreement, ADB and Citi will together facilitate up to $100 million of local currency loans to microfinance institutions in developing Asia.

Oct 04, 2016

MicroCapital previews one of the exciting plenaries of European Microfinance Week, 'Microfinance and housing, one brick at a time', in an interview with the panellists Rajnish Dhall of Micro Housing Finance Corporation, Mark van Doesburgh of Triple Jump and Daniel Rozas,

Sep 26, 2016

Fundación Génesis Empresarial, Kashf Foundation, and Opportunity Bank of Uganda Announced as Finalists for 7th European Microfinance Award on Access to Education

Sep 20, 2016

Last week saw two nearly identical financial scandals hit two very different parts of the world. One was the revelation that Wells Fargo, one of the leading US banks, had falsely created some 2 million accounts for customers who never asked for them and were largely unaware of their existence. The other was about banks in India secretly depositing 1 rupee (0.015 euro) into their customer’s accounts.

Sep 13, 2016

The annual Microfinance Barometer which analyses trends in the sector is now available in English. e-MFP is proud to partner the Barometer and has contributed two articles

Sep 05, 2016

For the 5th year running, the 2016 edition of the Positive Economy Forum will be held on September, 13th – 17th, 2016 in Le Havre.

Aug 30, 2016

The Microinsurance Network will hold a workshop "How to optimise distribution in the low-cost insurance environment?", 28th September

Aug 29, 2016

The 9th edition of the Convergences World Forum will take place 5 – 7 September 2016, in Paris. e-MFP is delighted to be the organiser of the session on ‘Microfinance & housing: The role of microfinance in providing access to housing’

Aug 23, 2016

In 2015, through 20 programmes in 10 countries, Entrepreneurs du Monde gave its support to 153,000 men and women in their initiatives to bring their families out of poverty

Aug 05, 2016

The 2016 report assesses these countries’ financial inclusion ecosystems based on four dimensions of financial inclusion: country commitment, mobile capacity, regulatory environment, and adoption of selected traditional and digital financial services

Aug 04, 2016

A lack of data is a significant bottleneck for financial institutions and development organizations. The same is true for knowledge about a targeted sector, especially when working in agriculture and agri-finance

Aug 03, 2016

Tthe CSFI report takes a broader look at financial inclusion and describes the risks in the provision of financial services to people in emerging markets whose access to these services is either limited or non-existent.

Jul 26, 2016

WSBI announced a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to help boost financial access and economic development in seven African countries. The Foundation has committed $16 million over 5½ years to enable at least one million people to open accounts at banks in Côte d'Ivoire Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda.

Jul 21, 2016

The Better Than Cash Alliance 'Responsible Digital Payments Guidelines' identify eight good practices for engaging with clients who are sending or receiving digital payments and who have previously been financially excluded or underserved

Jul 20, 2016

Rise in loan ticket size and shift of borrower base in favour of urban areas marked a strong rebound in Indian microfinance industry, whose combined gross loan portfolio (GLP) grew 84 per cent to Rs 53,200 crore in FY16 from Rs 28,900 crore in the previous year

Jul 15, 2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Learn more about IFAD's activities in their annual report

Jul 14, 2016

MicroCapital features an interview on rural finance with Marina Kortenbusch, Business and Finance Consulting who serves as the Head e-MFP’s Rural Outreach and Innovation (ROI) Action Group and Josien Sluijs, e-MFP board member and Director of the Netherlands’ Platform for Inclusive Finance, which is also a member of the ROI Action Group

Jul 12, 2016

The symposium to be held in May 2017, aims to take stock of the theoretical and professional debates regarding agricultural and rural development, food security, and their reciprocal relations with overall development

Jul 11, 2016

Thin - Filed and No - Filed individuals and emerging SMEs find it difficult to qualify for loans from financial institutions as they do not have previous banking history. Credit bureaus traditionally used the credit history of individuals or financial data of SMEs, such as, balance sheets and bank transactions for credit assessment. However, the traditional procedure is not applicable to previously unbanked individuals and new businesses

Jul 11, 2016

New study from CFI and IIF on banks' significant contribution to expanding financial inclusion

Jul 08, 2016

e-MFP is launching this call for interest to find a host for the 5th edition of the conference. Interested organisations should submit a brief proposal and the deadline for submission is 22 August 2016

Jul 07, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Summer 2016 Newsletter for the latest update on the 7th European Microfinance Award 'Microfinance and Access to Education'; an article on 'Financing Access to Energy' from e-MFP's Microfinance and Environment Action Group

Jul 07, 2016

Alterfin is looking for an Africa Investment Manager to be based in Brussels, Belgium (full time), with frequent travels to Africa. This position involves responsibility for the development and management of loans to MFIs and POs in Africa, through the portfolio management of Alterfin and Fefisol

Jun 24, 2016

Womens World Banking (WWB) announces the release of the digital 2015 annual report which shares their progress toward bringing innovative financial services to women around the world.

Jun 22, 2016

Back in November 2015, a press release briefly made the rounds, announcing that "Opportunity, Inc. . . . has entered into a share purchase agreement to sell six banks serving sub-Saharan Africa to the MyBucks Group, a Luxembourg-based financial technology (fintech) company." This generated some comments on LinkedIn and a blog by consultant Hannah Siedek, who recognized how unusual a deal this was and wondered if she should consider it "a good (or not so good) operation." But aside from this, reaction has been surprisingly muted

Jun 21, 2016

Social investor, Oikocredit, announced its social performance results for 2015. Result highlights include: Investments in low-income countries up 22% to € 132 million, Clients reached through inclusive finance partners up 24% to 46 million

Jun 17, 2016

The Scaling Up REmittances (SURE) 2016 Call for Proposals aims to attract innovative pilot projects and scale up initiatives to support IFAD’s rural transformation agenda

Jun 14, 2016

See MicroCapital's interview with Christoph Pausch, e-MFP, on the 7th European Microfinance Award on Access to Education - why it's important and how can MFIs approach education

Jun 14, 2016

Taking part at the #EDD2016 in Brussels? Join Gabriela Erice, e-MFP, panelist on the 'Technology and innovation in financial inclusion for sustainable development' session, Thursday June 16th

Jun 02, 2016

The application period for the 7th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and Access to Education has now closed. We'd like to thank all the institutions which applied.

May 30, 2016

The WSBI Annual Meetings "Banking in the 21st Century" will be hosted by the Government Savings Bank, the WSBI member in Thailand.

May 23, 2016

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce its latest executive education program - the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Sustainable Finance

May 19, 2016

Representatives of ResponsAbility and LMDF funds will present the opportunities and challenges of microfinance investments.

May 19, 2016

The sixth edition of the Annual Impact Investor Survey from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is based on an analysis of the activities of 158 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations

May 10, 2016

Peruvian savings banks are taking the plunge into a high-tech initiative designed to boost financial inclusion. Called BIM, short for "Billetera móvil", translated as "Mobile Wallet", the unique national e-wallet system brings together 34 financial institutions – including those savings bank within WSBI member Peruvian Federation of Municipal Savings and Credit Banks (FEPCMAC) under the partnership called "Modelo Peru"

Apr 27, 2016

EIB Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, Monday 6 June 2016, Brussels
Wondering how to support professional and social inclusion within the European Union despite public and private investment shortage?

Apr 25, 2016

Registration is open for the 13th EMN Annual Conference with the theme 'Shaping European Microfinance | Who, What and for Whom?'

Apr 21, 2016

Since 2006, the European Microfinance Award (€100,000 prize) has supported innovative thinking in the microfinance sector

Apr 19, 2016

The 9th Edition of the European Dialogue is focused on the 2015 European Microfinance Award, recognising excellence in microfinance in post-disaster/post-conflict areas & fragile states

Apr 18, 2016

The Microinsurance Network is looking for a Microinsurance Expert

Apr 18, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Spring 2016 Newsletter for details of the 7th European Microfinance Award Microfinance and Access to Education

Apr 17, 2016

What opportunities can climate finance offer impact investors after the Paris Cop 21 Agreement to direct all finance towards sustainable, low-emissions, climate-resilient development? How can private investors adhere to this commitment and achieve both environmental and financial return? How can the impact finance industry reach sufficient scale to attract institutional investors while not losing sight of its original mission?

Apr 06, 2016

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 16th - 18th November 2016 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions

Apr 04, 2016

The 2016 European Microfinance Award 'Microfinance and Access to Education' is intended to recognise the role of microfinance in enabling access to education for children and/or skill-training for youth and adults to enhance their employment and self-employment.

Apr 04, 2016

The ILO Impact Insurance Facility and its partners are organizing a public symposium to look into successful models in agriculture insurance, and discuss key issues such as relevance for small-scale farmers and the role of governments to improve equity and sustainability of the schemes.

Mar 30, 2016

The annual SPTF meeting will take place 30 May - 2 June.

Mar 25, 2016

Positive Planet has completed the implementation of the Shea Project Phase 1 (2012-2014), which was reaching more than 15,000 women shea processors through capacity building on best practices of shea processing, microfinance and ICT with the aim of tackling the major issues faced by women shea producers.

Mar 18, 2016

What are the e-MFP Action Groups? How do they contribute to the inclusive finance sector? What are the benefits of being a member?

Mar 16, 2016

e-MFP members Agora Microfinance and VisionFund International help increase the quality and availability of financial services tailored to meet the unique needs of smallholder farmers

Mar 10, 2016

Entrepreneurs du Monde will bring together nine Asian partner organisations to work together in Kolkata, India from 14th - 18th March

Mar 03, 2016

The Advans group is looking for a highly motivated Chief Operating Officer to join its team. This position is a replacement and is based at the Paris office

Mar 01, 2016

IFAD’s multi-donor supported Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) is organizing a side event in occasion of the 12th CAADP Partnership Platform on “Financing African Agriculture and Implementation Support for accelerated Agriculture Growth and Transformation” held by AU/NEPAD in Accra, from 11 to 15 April 2016

Feb 29, 2016

The intriguing experience of mobile money pioneer M-PESA.
27th of April 2016 in Brussels with Michael Joseph, Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone Group Services Ltd

Feb 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the extensive conference report is now accessible online

Feb 15, 2016

Read about ILO's activities to develop inclusive insurance across 14 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa in their 2015 annual report

Feb 12, 2016

Investment funds and microfinance: how to boost sustainable agriculture in developing countries?

Feb 12, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 Boulder MFT in English and French, July 18 to August 5, 2016 – Turin, Italy

Feb 04, 2016

The next course period will start on March 1, 2016.

Feb 01, 2016

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce its latest executive education program

Jan 22, 2016

FOROAGRO is an international event that will unite world experts to discuss and debate how best to promote various initiatives that ensure broad-based financial services for agriculture, food security, climate change

Jan 21, 2016

See the new e-MFP publication presenting the 3 finalists of the 6th European Microfinance Award

Jan 18, 2016

European Microfinance Week, 16th - 18th November 2016

Jan 15, 2016

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter

Jan 14, 2016

The Award is open to any European institution or organisation directly or indirectly involved in the financial inclusion of people excluded from mainstream financial services or with a limited access to them in European Union or EFTA countries.

Jan 08, 2016

Agricultural finance is crucial to support the growth of the agricultural sector. Indeed, it is essential for food security, job creation, and overall economic growth.

Dec 18, 2015

The material from the very successful training course organised by the e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group during European Microfinance Week

Dec 03, 2015

Thank you to the 457 participants from 67 countries who gathered at European Microfinance Week, 18 - 20 November 2015

Dec 03, 2015

Microfinance Gateway have published an article on CRG, winner of the 6th European Microfinance Award

Dec 02, 2015

e-MFP is looking for a consultant to support the 7th European Microfinance Award

Dec 01, 2015

This report is the first attempt in the microfinance sector to address the area of green performance monitoring in a comprehensive manner

Nov 27, 2015

Call for Tenders for the final evaluation of University Meets Microfinance II (UMM) –deadline December 7, 2015: tender description, technical proposal template and financial proposal template – Expression of interest due by Nov. 30th

Nov 27, 2015

Global microfinance markets are expected to grow by 10-15% in 2016, although growth rates will differ markedly between regions. This is the key finding of the newly released responsAbility Microfinance Market Outlook 2016

Nov 26, 2015

SPTF is pleased to invite you to a webinar that will share the findings so far from their joint project with UNHCR to develop guidelines for financial service providers seeking to provide microfinance to refugee populations

Nov 26, 2015

Thanks to our media partners MicroCapital, Next Billion, Microfinance Gateway and Le Portail de la Microfinance, for their excellent coverage of European Microfinance Week

Nov 25, 2015

Small is powerful: how to support small businesses in Africa?

Nov 24, 2015

The three finalists videos shown at the 6th European Microfinance Award Ceremony, held on 19th November, at the European Investment Bank are now available online

Nov 23, 2015

European Microfinance Week (#EMW2015) concluded Friday in Luxembourg, with a closing plenary looking ahead to the future of microfinance, 'Where to from here?", with Blaine Stephens of the MIX Market, and Marc Labie of UMONS.

Nov 20, 2015

Crédit Rural de Guinée (CRG) has been announced as the winner of the 6th European Microfinance Award, focusing this year on Microfinance in Post-disaster, Post-conflict Areas & Fragile States, for its innovative response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Nov 19, 2015

European Microfinance Week (#emw2015) got underway today in Luxembourg, with this year's attention on Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development

Nov 17, 2015

Don't miss the conversation at European Microfinance Week, ‪#‎emw2015‬

Nov 10, 2015

European Microfinance Week, 18th - 20th November, is fast approaching and the deadline to register is Wednesday,11th November 18.00

Nov 10, 2015

The e-MFP Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment (DIFE) Action Group just released a new publication: the FINCA Tanzania Success Case

Oct 27, 2015

Microfinance Lunch Break in Brussels, 8th December Brussels

Oct 23, 2015

Triple Jump, an impact investment fund manager with a global portfolio, is looking for a Portfolio Analyst, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECCA) Team and a Portfolio Analyst, Latin America

Oct 22, 2015

Cantilan Bank was awarded for its gender-sensitive approach to financial inclusion and agricultural value chain financing for smallholder farmers

Oct 14, 2015

The e-MFP Action Group of Investors in Tier 2/3 MFIs is organizing a one-day workshop for investment officers during the Working Day, 18th November, of the European Microfinance Week

Oct 07, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2015 Newsletter

Oct 06, 2015

On September 22nd, NpM in cooperation with FMO and Hivos, hosted the Green Inclusive Finance Conference

Oct 01, 2015

Borrow Wisely Campaign 2015: International financial education campaign will reach over 150 000 clients in 30 days

Sep 24, 2015

Crédit Rural de Guinée, The First Microfinance Institution - Syria and TSKI from the Philippines are the three finalists who will go on to compete for the €100,000 prize

Sep 24, 2015

The e-MFP Outcomes Action Group was formed in June 2015, in partnership with the SPTF Outcomes Working Group. It includes members of both e-MFP and SPTF.

Sep 21, 2015

In anticipation of European Microfinance Week 2015, media partner MicroCapital talked with Edvardas Bumsteinas of the EIB

Sep 18, 2015

The 9th edition of the Symbiotics Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIV) Survey has just been published

Sep 11, 2015

EMN and MFC will celebrate the 1st European Microfinance Day, 20th October with the 180 members of both networks in the European Union

Sep 08, 2015

The set of product catalogues aims at providing a simple but comprehensive overview of both the technical and financial requirements, and socioeconomic and environmental benefits of the most common renewable energy (RE) and energy efficient (EE) technologies

Sep 03, 2015

The Forum is a meeting place for the public sector, private companies, civil society, media and students committed to sustainable development and to fighting poverty

Sep 01, 2015

The conference organised by NpM – Platform for Inclusive Finance, FMO and Hivos will take place in The Hague on 22 September 2015

Aug 27, 2015

The report evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services by underserved people across 21 countries

Aug 24, 2015

The Positive Economy Forum is a platform working for development of a positive economy , oriented towards the interests of future generations

Aug 24, 2015

Microcredit emerged with the objective of including the poor into the banking system to help them improve their lives and change their destiny

Aug 24, 2015

The EcoMicro Program, co-funded by the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund and the Nordic Development Fund, recently commissioned a study on The State of and Perspectives on Green Microfinance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Aug 18, 2015

The Mifos Initiative is holding a webinar Transforming Financial Inclusion - Mifos & SACCOs/Credit Unions, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM GMT

Jul 31, 2015

The 14th University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Workshop on Responsible Inclusive Finance and Customer Empowerment will take place on 14th - 15th September at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Jul 31, 2015

The annual Microfinance Barometer which analyses trends in the sector has just been published (in French). This year, as there is a special focus on digital finance, Philippe Breul, Head of the new e-MFP Digital Innovations for Financial Empowerment Action Group

Jul 29, 2015

What's in store at European Microfinance Week (EMW), 18th - 20th November 2015

Jul 28, 2015

VisionFund International is looking to expand it's team and has four job opportunities

Jul 22, 2015

This month's MicroCapital Monitor features an interview with Severine Debbos of ILO and Jared Penner of Child and Youth Finance International on More Inclusive Finance for Youth: Scalable and Sustainable Delivery Models for Financial and Non-Financial Services

Jul 22, 2015

Successful MFI practitioner in western europe seeks international expansion

Jul 16, 2015

Smallholders generally constitute the vast majority of farmers in most countries, and they account for 60% of global agriculture and provide up to 80% of food in developing countries.

Jul 09, 2015

The Centre for European Research in Microfinance and the Centre for Social Economy are offering a 2-year full-time research fellowship

Jul 07, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Summer 2015 Newsletter

Jun 29, 2015

Microfinance et auto-entrepreneurs : Nord et Sud - Comment la microfinance peut-elle aider les auto-entrepreneurs dans les pays développés ?

Jun 29, 2015

Triodos Green Fund has provided a loan to Compana Hondurena de Energia Solar S.A. de CV, to build a ground-mounted solar plant on a remote and rugged area in the southeast part of Honduras.

Jun 12, 2015

VisionFund has published their 2014 annual report together with the first social performance report.

Jun 12, 2015

Investisseurs & Partnaires (I&P) has recently published the handbook 'Investing in Africa's Small and Growing Businesses'

Jun 05, 2015

Thank you to all organisations who applied for the 6th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance in post-disaster, post-conflict areas and fragile states

Jun 04, 2015

Youth Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Panel Session and Discussion, 24 June 2015, Paris

May 29, 2015

"More Inclusive Finance for Youth: Scalable and Sustainable Delivery Models for Financial and Non-Financial Services" has just been released by the e-MFP Youth Financial Inclusion Action Group

May 28, 2015

6th European Microfinance Award to recognise excellence in providing financial services in post-disaster, post-conflict areas and fragile states

May 26, 2015

Enhancing food security and resilience to climate change: what role for microfinance?

May 22, 2015

MicroCapital talks with Davide Forcella and Yekbun Gurgoz about the European Microfinance Award - why this theme and what sort of services would be considered

May 22, 2015

The symposium (in French) will take place 28 May in Paris on the theme of "Financing for sustainable development on the agenda for post- 2015"

May 21, 2015

See presentations and recording from the WWB webinar on 'Rebuilding in Crisis Environments: Experiences from Financial Institutions'

May 12, 2015

Don't miss the 24 May deadline for registration for the Fourth European Research Conference on Microfinance in Geneva 1-3 June.

May 05, 2015

Having been closed off for 40 years, Myanmar has undergone recent reform and is once again experiencing economic growth and is being touted as the "final frontier" by the Economist

Apr 24, 2015

After almost ten years of existence, Terrafina Microfinance has decided to reposition by increasing focus on agricultural microfinance

Apr 22, 2015

The SPTF invites you to participate in the SPTF Universal Standards for SPM Implementation Series

Apr 21, 2015

UMM Bachelor & Master scholarships for field missions in developing countries, 2nd Call for Applications 2015

Apr 19, 2015

The latest Global Findex, the world’s most comprehensive gauge of progress on financial inclusion, has just been released

Apr 16, 2015

Preparations are underway for European Microfinance Week, 18th - 20th November 2015 and e-MFP is launching a request for proposals from its members for sessions

Apr 15, 2015

Check out the new e-MFP Spring Newsletter

Apr 14, 2015

The Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD) is organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and the European Commission

Apr 08, 2015

Registration is now open for the EMN 12th Annual Conference, 'Microfinance and banks: are we the right partners?'

Apr 02, 2015

Climate change and poverty reduction are probably the two major challenges of our century. Developing countries, most vulnerable to the threats of climate disruption, are the first impacted by the effects of this phenomenon manifested by natural disasters

Mar 27, 2015

The next UMM Workshop will take place at the University of Bergamo, Italy, 11-12 June 2015.

Mar 25, 2015

The new European Dialogue features the ten organisations and their projects which were shortlisted for the 2014 Award

Mar 17, 2015

The 2015 Impact Investing & Microfinance conference will take place 29 April 2015

Mar 17, 2015

WSBI in collaboration with Kenya Post Office Savings Bank (KPOSB) has carried out a study

Mar 16, 2015

The new European Microfinance Week 2014 conference report is now accessible online

Mar 09, 2015

A new UMM Thematic Paper on 'Value Chains in Agricultural and Green Microfinance' is now available

Mar 06, 2015

NpM, in cooperation with Achmea and Michael McCord, president of the MicroInsurance Centre, is organising a seminar on the importance of microinsurance and how to transform that into a business case

Mar 06, 2015

A panel session and discussion on 'Responsible Digital Finance: Global and Local Perspectives on Emerging Opportunities and Risks'

Mar 04, 2015

GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme has released its 2014 State of the Industry Report on mobile financial services.

Feb 23, 2015

The Global Forum on Remittances and Development (GFRD) 2015 will be held in Milan on 16-19 June

Feb 23, 2015

A new video tutorial in three languages is now available

Feb 02, 2015

We invite PhD, Master and Bachelor students enrolled at universities in the European Union to submit applications to the “University Meets Microfinance” (UMM) Scholarship Program

Jan 23, 2015

Check out the e-MFP Winter 2014/2015 Newsletter

Jan 22, 2015

For third consecutive year, the e-MFP Investors in Tier 2/3 MFIs Action Group publishes their Annual Survey

Jan 19, 2015

e-MFP has released a new publication presenting the 3 finalists of the 5th European Microfinance Award

Jan 19, 2015

The Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich is pleased to announce a number of executive courses for professionals in 2015

Jan 06, 2015

The study explains the success of digital financial services (DFS) in Kenya and presents challenges and opportunities for the development of DFS in seven other countries

Dec 05, 2014

Register for LinkEd development finance e-learning courses, starting on 2 March 2015

Dec 04, 2014

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Bank Group and the European Commission are pleased to announce the upcoming Global Forum on Remittances and Development 2015 which takes place in Milan on 16-19 June

Dec 01, 2014

e-MFP would like to thank the over 400 participants from 56 countries who gathered at European Microfinance Week

Nov 27, 2014

See the videos shown at the 5th European Microfinance Award ceremony

Nov 25, 2014

The Fourth European Research Conference on Microfinance will take place 1st - 3rd June 2015 at the University of Geneva.

Nov 20, 2014

European Microfinance Week 2014, with the theme of 'Developing Better Markets' gathered over 400 opinion-leaders

Nov 17, 2014

Over 400 practitioners, investors, academics and support providers gather at Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg to present on market-driven innovations in financial services in the global South

Nov 13, 2014

European Microfinance Week (#emw2014) got underway today in Luxembourg, with this year's attention on "Developing Better Markets", a key focus to be discussed in the context of digital innovations, investment, social performance and sustainability.

Nov 09, 2014

The e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group will present seven new products in their product catalogue series at European Microfinance Week

Nov 02, 2014

Launch of the 2014 Microfinance Barometer

Oct 24, 2014

The e-MFP Microfinance and Environment Action Group have published 'The Green Index: an innovative tool to assess the environmental performance of MFIs'.

Oct 20, 2014

With European Microfinance Week, 12th - 14th November, fast approaching, our media partners MicroCapital and Le Portail Microfinance

Oct 09, 2014

Check out the e-MFP Autumn 2014 Newsletter. Discover the 3 finalists for the European Microfinance Award and read about their innovative initiatives.

Oct 08, 2014

Interesting new publication from SOS Faim on green microfinance

Oct 02, 2014

The e-MFP Youth Financial Inclusion Action Group has launched a call for case studies for their next publication "More inclusive microfinance for youth – scalable and sustainable delivery models

Sep 22, 2014

Press Release: Announcing the Finalists for the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment

Sep 09, 2014

On the occasion of the 5th edition of the Convergences World Forum

Sep 08, 2014

Microfinance, or access to financial services, has an effect on the lives of the poor. This is one of the main conclusions of the extensive ING-NpM research 'A Billion to Gain?'

Sep 04, 2014

Incofin Investment Management's Rural Impulse Fund II (RIF II) together with Triodos Microfinance Fund (TMF) and

Sep 03, 2014

e-MFP's Microfinance & Environment Action Group discuss the tools they have developed

Sep 01, 2014

Following the successful response to the e-MFP Remittances Action Group's publication

Aug 28, 2014

Join Daniel Rozas and Jonathan Morduch in the 'NpM One Day Open University'

Jul 18, 2014

World Politics Review has published the following article from e-MFP Board Member Hans Dieter Seibel:

Jul 14, 2014

The risk of client indebtedness dominates the list of concerns about the future of the microfinance industry, according to a new risk survey.

Jul 10, 2014

Check out e-MFP's Summer 2014 Newsletter. Read how ASKI, previous winner of the European Microfinance Award used the prize to increase their activities in support of food security.

Jun 26, 2014

Global experience of microfinance institutions active in remittances included in Best Practices Guide

Jun 24, 2014

responsAbility has just published the 2014 edition of 'Perspectives'

May 23, 2014

Created last February, the Burkina Faso based investment fund Sinergi Burkina will be officially launched on October 14th 2014 in Ouagadougou.

May 23, 2014

Is there a business case for investing in client protection?

May 21, 2014

Triple Jump investigates whether the databases of microfinance institutions (MFIs) can be mutually accessed to better understand the impact of microfinance on end-clients.

May 15, 2014

Varvara Maslova and Judith Santbergen have recently joined Triodos the Emerging Markets team as Investment Officers.

Apr 14, 2014

Take a look at e-MFP's Spring Newsletter. Get the background on the 5th European Microfinance Award on Microfinance and the Environment. Catch up on e-MFP's lastest news and activities.

Apr 11, 2014

The recent University Meets Microfinance Newsletter includes details of the UMM Awards ceremony at European Microfinance Week and information on the e-MFP UMM Action Group activities.

Apr 03, 2014

Luxembourg puts a strong emphasis on the importance of sustainable development through financial inclusion by bringing together key stakeholders from the public, private and civil-society sector around this common objective.

Apr 02, 2014

The 4th European Microfinance Research Conference will be hosted 1st - 3rd June 2015, by the University of Geneva (Geneva Finance Research Insititute) in association with the Graduate Institute, the University of Fribourg and the University of Zurich. A call for papers will be issued in May 2014.

Mar 28, 2014

Over the past decade, Africa has experienced unprecedented growth, with 5-6% growth rate at the continent level. However, this growth remains heterogeneous, fragile, insufficient and unevenly distributed.

Mar 21, 2014

CERISE has released a universal social performance assessment tool that integrates latest sector social performance standards. This newest version - SPI4 - enables its users to evaluate the level of implementation of the Universal Standards for Social Performance Management, including the Smart Campaign Client Protection Principles.

Mar 20, 2014

Incofin Investment Management and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management present the Report of the first EIB Rural Impulse Fund II Symposium in Africa. Through this publication, which provides insights and best cases about microfinance in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region, they wish to encourage future initiatives promoting peer-to peer-learning and financial inclusion in rural areas.

Mar 20, 2014

In this paper, we estimate the number of empty savings accounts at MFIs and banks in Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Pakistan, as well as in cooperatives among a mix of countries worldwide

Sep 09, 2013

e-MFP would like to thank the 378 participants from 59 countries who attended European Microfinance Week, 12th - 14th November 2013 in Luxembourg

Sep 07, 2013

If you missed the event, see the European Microfinance Week video now